Forthcoming Services at St.Matthew's

 Date  

 Service  

 Time

Sun 8th March Common Worship Communion 11.00am
Sun 15th March
Mothering Sunday
Baptism 11.00am
Sun 22nd March Common Worship Communion 11.00am
Sun 29th March
Palm Sunday
Common Worship Communion 11.00am
Holy Week Services
Mon 30th March Meditation (Morley) 7.30pm
Tue 31st March Meditation (Morley) 7.30pm
Wed 1st April Meditation (Morley) 7.30pm
Thur 2nd April
Maundy Thursday
Communion with washing of feet(Morley) 7.30pm
Fri 3rd April
Good Friday
Hour at the Cross (Morley) 12noon - 1pm
Sun 5th April
Easter Sunday
All Age Communion 11.00am

* Children's Church is always available at the 11.00am service.

Events coming soon

QUIZ EVENING WITH PIE & PEAS SUPPER

Friday 17th April 2015

A STRANGE SOLUTION, AND AN EXCITING HOPE

At General Synod last month, the chairman was introducing a panel of speakers for a presentation. He named the first two, and then concluded, "... and the Right Reverend Libby Lane." Applause broke out all round the room, because this was the first chance we had been given to greet and celebrate the first woman bishop in the Church of England.

She is not the first Anglican woman bishop, of course; several other countries had got there before us, and it was a long, hard struggle for us in England to pass the legislation to make it possible. Both those who believed that it was God's will that women should be bishops, and those who believed that it was not, held their views with passionate conviction, and fought every step of the way. Anger and bitterness surfaced at several points, and we did not look much like a Christian assembly.

The whole enterprise seemed to have come to a complete standstill when the proposals were defeated in November 2015, and then our surprising Archbishop had a brainwave. He arranged for all the members of Synod to participate in 'facilitated conversations' - discussions helped by the presence of people skilled in conflict resolution - and if we did not agree any more than before, at least we learned to understand one another's beliefs, and to be friendlier in our disagreement.

The result of all this effort was a package of arrangements which means that those of us who caught a glimpse of the glorious consecration in York Minster, and have longed for the ministry of women bishops, will gradually come to find it all over the Church of England, while those who feel they cannot in conscience receive the ministry of women bishops or women priests will always be sure of having men to serve them.

It is a strange solution which does not leave us feeling much like one church; but at least we have not formally split, and we can continue to regard one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, and co-operate in those areas of church life which do not need ordination.

It is good that God is willing to choose and use imperfect people - because there are no other people in the world.

Sister Rosemary CHN